Rio 2016: Lynda Kiejko

Lynda Kiejko

Biography

Lynda Kiejko comes from a shooting family with a great Olympic legacy. Her late father Bill Hare competed at the Tokyo 1964, Mexico City 1968 and Munich 1972 Olympic Games. Her sister Dorothy Ludwig became an Olympian at London 2012 after competing at the 2007 and 2011 Pan Am Games. They competed together at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, creating a moment to remember in 2010 when the sisters won bronze in the 10m air pistol pair event. Kiejko made her own Olympic debut at Rio 2016 where she competed in the 10m air pistol and 25m pistol events.

Kiejko has three Pan Am Games medals to her credit, winning double gold in the 10m air pistol and 25m pistol at Toronto 2015 following her 10m air pistol bronze at Santo Domingo 2003. She had started 2015 with a career-high result on the ISSF World Cup circuit, finishing sixth in the 10m air pistol in Changwon. She achieved a career highlight in 2014 when she won the national title in the 10m air pistol just one month after giving birth. She also competed at her first ISSF World Championship since 2006 and cracked the top-five in the 10m air pistol at the Continental American Championships.

Kiejko experienced one of her proudest moments when she won 10m air pistol gold at the 2018 Continental American Championships. By being present in the moment, she had what she calls the “perfect match” to secure an Olympic spot for Canada for Tokyo 2020. After giving birth to her third child in September 2019, Kiejko competed at the national trials just four months later and claimed that Olympic spot for herself.

A Little More About Lynda

Getting into the Sport: Started pistol shooting at age 11, following her father’s passion… Was asthmatic and not a physically gifted athlete as a child but shooting sports gave her an opportunity to focus her mind… Has wanted to represent Canada since hearing her father’s stories of going to the Olympics and the places he travelled for competition… Was very young when he stopped competing so it was only after she started shooting that she realized he was a three-time Olympian… Made her first national team in 1999… Outside Interests: Graduated from the University of Alberta in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering; works as a Senior Civil Engineer… Enjoys camping with her family …  Learns how to say ‘thank you’ in the language of the country she is visiting… Volunteers with the Kids Ministry at Calgary Life Church… Odds and Ends: Listens to music before competing to remind her of her training and to relax… Always travels with a lucky loonies from the 2003 Pan Am Games (her first major competition) and the 2016 Olympic Games…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
Rio 2016Shooting10m Air Pistol - Women38
Rio 2016Shooting25m Pistol - Women38

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2016 – 38th (25m pistol), 38th (10m air pistol)

Pan American Games: 2015 – GOLD (10m air pistol), GOLD (25m pistol); 2003 – BRONZE (10m air pistol)

Commonwealth Games: 2014 – 5th (10m air pistol), 17th (25m pistol); 2010 – 6th (10m air pistol)

ISSF World Championships: 2018 – 49th (10m air pistol); 2014 – 47th (10m air pistol), 72nd (25m pistol); 2006 – 91st (10m air pistol), 91st (25m pistol)

Continental Championships: 2018 – GOLD (10m air pistol); 2014 – 5th (10m air pistol), 6th (25m pistol); 2010 – 5th (10m air pistol); 2005 – 6th (10m air pistol)